Tuesday, June 27, 2017


On June 5th, we brought home our newest family member.  Penelope is a cavalier King Charles spaniel and we brought her home when she was 9.5 weeks old.  She is now over 12 weeks old and we have loved every minute we have spent with this adorable and snuggley puppy.  She is full of adorable personality.  She loves to play tug-of-war and chase.  She loves to crunch ice and she darts to the refrigerator when we are getting ice in our cups. She loves to curl up in my lap in the morning, chewing on her bully stick.  She loves belly rubs and running up the stairs to see the girls.  She has certainly enriched our lives already and we are looking forward to the next 10-15 years we get to spend with her!

Coming home from the breeder

 Her first afternoon home was exhausting!

The many sleeping positions of Penelope...

Play time!

"Don't even think about taking this mermaid away from me!"

Pool kisses

 "Oh boy! I got the leaf!"

Happy, happy family!  Happy, happy puppy!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Swim Meets and Weddings

We are having a blast this summer, keeping cool with tons and tons of swimming.  This year we joined a different swim team, to try something new.  We are now Davis AquaMonsters and the girls are loving the change!  One biggest difference from our previous swim team experience is that the AquaMonsters are a club swim team that compete in dual swim meets each weekend.  There is a great sense of team belonging and having fun in the process.  Kate and Maggie have loved the competition and the swim practices have been great as well.

Our first swim meet took place at Consumnes River College in Sacramento

Go Maggie!

Way to go Kate!

After our swim meet we headed to my cousin's wedding in Sacramento.  It was hot, but we had a fun time!

Maggie found a coloring table set aside especially for the kids. 

Dancing with Daddy

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Last Day of School and Neighborhood Party

Sorry it has been a while since I last posted.  We have been super busy with the end of the school year, the start of summer, bringing our puppy home (future post coming) and saying farewell to dear friends.  This post will start off with Maggie's graduation from kindergarten.  Oddly there was rain on our last day of school (June 8) and so the kindergarten carnival/bounce house was cancelled.  However, the weather cleared up enough to let all 72 kindergartners parade around their school yard in their special caps.

Maggie's cap kept falling off so she was doing her best to balance it and smile at the same time.

The kids got to enjoy ice cream cones before heading home.  Maggie and her best friend, Meg, consumed 3 ice cream cones each!

 Maggie really enjoyed her chocolate ice cream!

 Maggie loved having Mrs. Nicholson as one of her teachers!

We will also miss Mrs. Chicoine! 

Kate's 2nd grade class had an ice cream celebration as well.  Kate and best friend, Camilla, piled their ice cream high with lots of candy.  Yum!

We had a great year with Mr, Yeaman!  We will miss being in his class!

On a different note, on June 4 we hosted a neighborhood farewell party for our dear friends James, Liz, Meg and Zeke Tsang.  Over the past 4 years we have become very close friends with this amazing Christian family.  They are headed to Tuscon, Arizona to work with a college ministry at University of Arizona.  We are going to miss them so much!

We held the bash at the end of our street, in the park.  Lots of neighbors came to celebrate with us.

Liz has been such a wonderful friend.  We have gone on many "mommy" dates where we leave the kids with the dads and eat at restaurants with spicy or weird foods.  I am really sad to lose my date companion.

We brought over 200 water balloons to the park for the kids to have a water balloon fight.  It was a huge hit!

Neighborhood kids
From the left: Abby (age 7, next door neighbor), Zeke (age 4, moving to AZ), 
Meg (age 6, moving to AZ), Maggie, Toby (age 6, next door neighbor), Kate and Joseph (age 10, lives 3 houses down and goes to UCC)

Our amazing neighbors!!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Annual Student Concert: Dance Performance

Kate and Maggie just wrapped up an exhausting week of dance recital fun.   This is our 4th year participating in the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop Student Concert.  All week long the girls participated in tech-nights and dress rehearsals and then ended the weekend with 3 performances.  Kate was a tapping cat, dancing to a song from Disney's Aristocats.  Maggie was a ballet sunbeam and a contemporary kitten.  (Videos are posted below in 3 consecutive posts.)

Kate was an adorable orange cat for her tap dance.

Maggie was a radiant sunbeam for her ballet dance.

Kate's tap class

This was Maggie's first year dancing in the pre-contemporary dance class.  Her class put on an adorable Kitten and Mice dance.

My 2 beautiful cats!

We were excited to have Gramma (and Papa) come to the performances!

Maggie's best friend, Caitlin, was also a cat, but for a different ballet class.  There were a lot of cats!
 It was another fun year.  It is sad to see it come to an end but excited for the next years to follow!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Maggie's Contemporary Dance Class: Kittens and Mice

It is that time of year again for our annual dance recital!  This is our fourth year participating and each year we all look forward to this very busy but incredibly fun weekend.  This year Maggie is participating in a ballet dance as a sunbeam and a contemporary dance as a kitten.  Kate is in her fourth year as our awesome tapper and her class is performing a complicated dance to "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat."  Please enjoy the following 3 videos. :-)

Kate's Tap Class: Everybody Wants to Be a Cat

Maggie's Ballet Class: The Sunbeams

Monday, May 8, 2017

We are getting a puppy!

Our family has been discussing getting a pet since this past fall.  We initially agreed that we would get a kitten since they would be soft and cuddly but less maintenance than a dog.  We even bought all the supplies for our future kitten and were only days away from adopting one when we discovered Maggie was quite allergic to cats.  We were all devastated to discover we couldn't get a cat.  Well, after that, we started the long and difficult discussion about getting a dog.  Our gut reaction was "Definitely not!  Been there, done that, not again!"  However, after I did hours and hours of research, we found an amazing breed of dog that seemed perfect for our family, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  Now it still was a very difficult decision to get all family members on board and to feel very confident in the decision to take the plunge into dog-ownership again, but we eventually all came around to realizing it would be a fun and wonderful adventure for our family.  In January we found the perfect breeder and on March 31, 2017 our puppy was born. 

Last weekend, we got to meet our 4-week old puppy in Auburn, along with her 4 other siblings.  They were all too cute!!!

We can't wait to bring Penelope home on June 10th!